Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Dr. Jagannathan Sankar are among the Piedmont Triad leaders named to the “Most Influential People” list by The Business Journal of the Triad.
Martin was cited for his “ambitious agenda” to increase the university’s enrollment, research and engagement. Sankar earned his place on the list by virtue of the technology commercialization work recently initiated by the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, of which he is director.
Other persons of interest on the list:
- Dr. David Carroll, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University;
- George Clopton, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Ralph Lauren Corp., High Point, and board chairman, International Civil Rights Center and Museum;
- “Elder statesman” Henry Frye, now of counsel with the law firm Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard;
- Shirley Frye, chair of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, vice chair of the N.C. A&T Foundation, and board member for the N.C. School of Math and Science and High Point University, among many others; and
- Dean Jim Ryan of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The Gateway University Research Park has created space for use as a business incubator for nanobio start-ups. The “NanoBio Launchpad” is located at the park’s south campus in the building next door to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).
The 2,500 square foot space contains three offices, eight workstations and a shared laboratory.
From The Business Journal:
“Ideally, Launchpad occupants will be able to benefit from the close proximity to the JSNN and the new Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium, through which private-sector nano organizations gain access to the expensive equipment and brainpower at the school. In the best case scenario for Gateway, companies that get started in the Launchpad will grow into traditional space in the research park’s current and future buildings.”
The full Business Journal article is here.
The Launchpad is in the Research Facility One building. The building also contains the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service and East National Technical Support Center; Advaero Technologies, a N.C. A&T nanotech spin-off company; and Gateway’s administrative offices.
The Gateway research park and JSNN both are operated jointly by N.C. A&T and UNC Greensboro.
Some government agencies and businesses aren’t waiting for the energy industry to start delivering on the promise of biofuels. Increasingly, in North Carolina and other states, they’re moving ahead on their own.
Their progress will be the subject of the second annual statewide conference on civic and small-scale biofuel projects, to be held next month at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The event is organized by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and is hosted by N.C. A&T and the Joint School. It will feature talks and case studies on smaller-scale biofuel and biomass production projects operating in North Carolina (including Charlotte, Hickory, and Raleigh), Florida, and Alabama.
Speakers will include officials of state and local government agencies, the private sector, and universities.
The conference will be held Thursday December 13, beginning at 10 a.m. It will conclude with a 3 p.m. tour of biofuel and bioproduct research and development projects at the JSNN. There is no fee to attend. Registration information and the full agenda are at the conference website.
The full title of the event is “Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties.”
Worth noting: Some places aren’t quite ready to move on such opportunities. A local case in point is reported in today’s edition of the News & Record.
Two recent items from the news media worth noting:
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador visited the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis this week, and he liked what he saw, big time. From The Charlotte Observer:
Correa is studying the research, scientific instrumentation and collaborative environment of the research campus as a model for the development of Yachay, a planned city of science and technology being built in Ecuador’s northern province of Imbabura.
“Amazing! Outstanding!” said Correa. “A learning experience for us. We are building, in our country, a planned city of knowledge, (and) we want to learn from your experience.”
Trade magazine Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals dropped in at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering recently, and they called it “exciting”:
… JSNN has a number of research projects in emerging areas including nanoenergy technologies, self-assembly methods and computational nanotechnology, Dr. Ryan said. “Each of the research thrusts have great potential, but I believe that JSNN’s research strength is in the highly interdisciplinary areas requiring contributions from both science and engineering to get a ‘game-changing’ result,” he explained.
JSNN has also established a bridge to industry partners by working with the Gateway University Research Park. One such group is the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium. “Consortium members are able to observe research that is underway in the facility, provide input to research programs and have access to the JSNN equipment,” Dr. Ryan explained.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, with the atrium lit up for event being held there Tuesday evening.
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering has launched a program with Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BVDU) that will bring master’s students from India to the joint school.
“Their students complete the coursework for their M.Tech degree at BVDU, and a small number will come to JSNN to perform their research for their degree,” said Dr. Jim Ryan, JSNN dean.
“The program is very competitive, and the students who will come to JSNN are of the highest caliber. We expect four to arrive in January.”
Some of the students may have an opportunity to stay at the JSNN for their doctoral degrees, Ryan said.
From The Business Journal:
“Some young tech companies fund themselves with research grants, while others are able to secure backing from private investors. But an event later this month will explore how one can lead to the other.
“The event, held at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro on Oct. 25, will look at how a successful grant strategy can lead companies to investors.”
Admission is free, but advance registration at the conference website is requested. The program is sponsored by the JSNN, Gateway University Research Park, MBHB Law and Kymanox.
North Carolina A&T will be involved with two significant events for researchers in August. If you’re interested in either one, now is the time to register.
- Ethical Dimensions of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Research: Monday August 13-Tuesday August 14, all day each day, Fort IRC, Room 410. N.C. A&T and Penn State faculty will conduct a this workshop for A&T faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students in the sciences and engineering who are interested in integrating the ethical dimensions of coupled natural and human systems into their classes. Registration continues through July 15.
- Nanomanufacturing conference: Wednesday, August 15, all day, at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. Nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing are creating jobs in clean energy, aerospace, medicine and biotech, materials and other areas. The Nanomanufacturing Conference is one of the nation’s premier Advanced Manufacturing conferences, featuring national and international nanotech innovators, leading researchers, government leaders and visionaries.
Congratulations to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. For the first time, its full state funding request has been included as a recurring item in the budget, The Business Journal reports today (subscription required).
“The final legislative budget converted the $1 million of nonrecurring funds that had previously been passed for the school into $2 million in recurring funds. … The JSNN, which is run in partnership by UNC-Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University, has been receiving $4.9 million in recurring funds from the state, but school officials had to return to the legislature each year for enough nonrecurring funding to fill a budget gap.”
Nothing is absolutely certain until Gov. Bev Perdue signs off on the budget as whole. She still has some problems with it, but the JSNN funding isn’t reported to be one of them.
Still, the General Assembly has acted, and that’s a big milestone. The legislators have given the school strong, bipartisan support for several years. That’s something you don’t see every day in Raleigh.
The next time you have a chance, thank a legislator. In an economy that remains in desperately bad shape, they’ve made a tough decision and done the right thing for us, for our community and our state.